Sunday, 20 August 2017

Fashion First: The humble cardigan


A key trend this Autumn is the humble cardigan, I gave you a little tip about this in my first AW17 post. This weekend we celebrated my grandmother's 90th birthday, she has a couple of weeks to go until THE big day, but we chose the summer holidays to celebrate to ensure the great-grandchildren could all be there. Interestingly most of the women had cardigans, which all matched their outfits.  I think that's one of the differences between jumpers and cardigans, jumpers we are happy to go loud and be contrasting and yet cardigans it seem to follow the pashmina clan of having to comply and fit in.

Buttons are an item I can be quite fussy on, if I don't like the look of the button regardless of the quality of knit, colour or brand - I will not buy it. This one I am wearing above from Hallhuber I loved the buttons instantly and so I was sold on that alone!

I'm hoping this is a trend you will find easy to adopt, here's a few I've been checking out for you...

Balloon Sleeve Knit Cardigan

This one has been flagged on the site as a 'trending product' which means you've not got long until it's sold out - only Medium and Large left! I'm loving the sleeves.

Knit Cardigan with Faux Pearl Buttons

Ooh I love this look of wearing three of them together, this is a great idea! I love pearl buttons, fake or real is fine with me! And at £19.99 you can afford to do the combination look.

River Island
Grey chunky cable knit cardigan

Go chunky with open front cable knit cardi in grey - it will look fabulous with jeans for a relaxed weekend feel.

Milan Knit Cardigan

If you are looking for choice when it comes to colour, head over to the Kettlewell Colours site, you will be spoilt for choice. This 70% cotton, 30% merino wool is an Italian yarn and I will be styling this product shortly for my blog, so watch out for more on this!

Crew Cardigan

OMG this one looks very "Joan" from Mad Men; this reads wear me with pencil skirt PLEASE - I love love love the buttons too! 

Biba at House of Fraser
Striped knitted throw on cardigan
Was £59, Now £40

And if you are looking for something a little bit different that you can dress up or down, then Biba is where to go! This one is fabulous, and even more so as it's reduced!!


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Sunday, 13 August 2017

The Zara Dress - That's Now A Skirt

Sometimes you just have to accept that what you first bought may need to change. I loved this dress from the first time I saw it - I loved the pattern, I loved the shape and as always, I love a dress.

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And so I placed my order, collected in store and then headed home to try it on. Now I'm not going to lie to you, it needed a bit of tweaking for me around the bust line, but that's no different to other dresses I've previously owned, however after one wash it just wouldn't fit.

And so thanks to my mother-in-law the idea of a skirt was born, I was a little unsure at first as I really loved the dress, and I'm less a skirt person at the best of times - but she assured me that I would wear it far more as a skirt and get more value-for-money and that's not a bad thing to be having!

For Work

Here's me at the beginning of the week, this is a typical OOTD post I use on my Instagram. Here due to the really bad weather we have been having, I teamed it up with a slimline black polo, my hair up and black stilettos - it's a great office look that I will be able to play around with a lot.

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For Rest

Here's my look today, light shopping with a lovely walk through the park. I've not had the chance to wear my hat much this year (need more sunshine, please) - I love how a hat can dress down this look. The simple white tee is always a good starting point too for a relaxed vibe.

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For Play

Friday was a shopping and lunch date with one of my nieces, we headed for Westfield London and after a healthy lunch we started shopping. The skirt was a great choice as I didn't want to opt for jeans, and a dress possibly could have been a little OTT. Flat sandals and my bucket bag made shopping super easy.

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And so this brings me back to a post I wrote a few months ago, about the essential need to find a good seamstress - they can be such an important part of maintaining your wardrobe, getting the most out of your purchases, helping you to transform, to reinvent and to get your creative juices flowing.

A shrunk dress could have ended up at the charity shop or simply at the back of my wardrobe for some time, but thanks to a bit of chopping off and some stitching, here are three fabulous looks that I will be continuing to wear for the next few months.

The only drawback I'm experiencing is now every time I open my wardrobe I'm thinking, what else can I change... Oops!

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Let's chat about... Autumn 17 Inspiration

I know, I know you are thinking it's August why are we talking Autumn - but you know what even without this shitty weather I would be talking Autumn to you, right now.

Unless you have a real need, say like a forthcoming super hot holiday, you need to stop investing in summer items NOW. Stop! It's not worth your money, most of these trends will not be in fashion next year, whilst you love love love it now, I promise you come March next year you'll be looking at your summer items and apart from a few, probably classic items, you'll be saying "nah".

Your money now needs to be investing in items that will work your wardrobe hard from September through to late November. Over the coming weeks, I'm going to help you take some of your summer clothes and make them work throughout Autumn. I'm also going to be sharing with you right here, right now some of the Autumn trends that are starting to appear in store.

Somerset by Alice Temperley

Blouses - fabulous for work and for the weekend; I'm already seeing lots of choice with the button through blouse, sometimes with the bow too. And I particularly like this wrap-around neck version that's shown here.

Lots of pattern and colours to choose from, calling all long-sleeve, chiffon lovers!! Wear them with trousers, jeans or skirts these are a must for your wardrobe!

Boots by NEXT

Leopard Print - whether you choose to wear this trend in garments, shoes, bags or accessories just as long as there is leopard print it doesn't matter. Those who like a dramatic look consider it head-to-toe and for you quieter ones then be subtle with a belt or boots. These here from NEXT are on my shopping list, I want these!!!

An article from The Times

Cardigans - To be honest I have always been a fan, they look fabulous with a pencil skirt - and if you are hour-glass shape like me, the tighter the fit the better!

This Autumn they rule according to this recent article from The Times, and so I'll be exploring this trend over the coming weeks - so watch out for more on the blog.

Crushed Velvet - I've started to see this trend in the shops right now, mainly in accessories, tops and bags - but over the next few weeks you'll start to see more in dresses, skirts and coats.

It's such a romantic, tactile fabric, so get exploring with this trend as you'll see items will be quite diverse in say bright jewel colours and then you'll see it in understated pastel. And don't think you need to save this for a night out, team it up with your weekend look too and explore weighty jewellery to give it some edge.

See are you excited now? And it doesn't stop here, Autumn will bring a new twist on denim and you are going to see a lot of suede too, not forgetting to mention the new colour that appears to go with everything - RUST.  This plus more other Autumn looks, coming soon on Loved by Lizzi.


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Saturday, 5 August 2017

One Gold Ring

The exciting new 'thing' in handbags, is the gold ring - all because of the a brand called Chloe, a brand that for most of us (who work extremely hard, everyday) cannot afford. But fear not, this trend has made it to the high street so that we too can get our own, gold ring.

And starting with the best one I have seen so far (I nearly purchased today), indecisiveness stopped me; I love the cross-body strap when I was wearing it across the body, but I didn't like it hanging down when I used the gold ring. You can't put the strap inside because you then won't be able to fit anything else in... so the jury's out for the moment. To give you an idea of scale, I can just about (it's a tad tight) get my iPhone 6 Plus in it.

Tan Ring Handle Bag

They also do it in this gorgeous mock croc pink version, which if you are heading off on hols or to a wedding, I think this would be lovely!


Pink Mini Croc Effect Ring Bag

I was less keen on this one, as the ring is at the back of the bag and not on top, so it doesn't balance well compared to the NEXT one, that said it was a much bigger cross-body which if you need to carry a fair bit, this one would be better


I see on the New Look website that they have this pink number in the sale, great price if you are about to head off on hols and want to get into this trend. The gold ring again is on the back.

New Look
Pink Ring Handle Across Body Bag
Was £15, Now £8

If you fancy two-tone, this is a great one from ASOS, although I did have a little laugh because the gold ring appears bigger than the bag?! 

Ring Detail Snake Saddle Cross Body Bag

If you don't fancy this trend in a small cross-body version, then why not opt for a bucket bag, one of my favourite types of handbag, only because you can just simply chuck everything in!!

I don't know why, but the tanned version of this bag is £5 more than the white or pink that NEXT are doing??!! They look the same to me today in store.

Tan Ring Detail Bucket Bag

Biba who likes to be different, offers you a gold ring, but not as a handle, they've included it in the detail of the design, I have to say I really quite like it. When I touched this one today, the quality of the leather is so devine...Love it!

House of Fraser
Biba Jenna Top Handle Shoulder Bag

And lastly here's one I found from Whistles, not sure I'm keen, but now that I've seen it online I'm going to be heading to their store to check it out - I can't decide if this would actually be really cool bag to wear, but at a price of £129 I'm not planning on testing this one!! 

Eden Shearling Cylindrical Bag

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

My last summer dress by Miss Selfridge

Yes I'm afraid that's right, this is the last summer dress I am buying for summer 2017. I know, I know, we are going to have another blast of summer before autumn, but I will just have to work my existing wardrobe.

The retail brands have all started to release their AW17 collection and soon that's all you'll find in the shops. From now, if I can't use it September to November then I am not investing.

So let me tell you all about this gorgeous dress from Miss Selfridge, a place I rarely shop if I am honest. I was looking at some red trousers when this dress caught my eye. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you'll know I'm loving my Jaeger black dress that I bought in the sale, should have been £110, I paid £70 - well if it came in every colour I think I would purchase, I just love it. The style and fit of this new dress is very similar, and what's even better is the price - £39. Let me tell you the cost per wear on this is going to be very very low!

Wear it with heels for work or with wedges for a casual lunch out, team it up with you daily work bag or slimline with a clutch - it's so versatile. I'm wearing a 12 and whilst I thought it was a tad big, the 10 was not a great fit. This dress is perfect for the hourglass shape, the tie around the waist makes it s great fit.





Miss Selfridge
Self Tie Midi Shift Dress

My black Jaeger dress: Instagram @LovedbyLizzi

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Keeping up with Bardot

Happy holidays to all of you who are heading out to the sunshine abroad, I can't quite believe just how many of my friends and colleagues have the next couple of weeks off! I'm looking forward to seeing all their lovely outfits on social media.

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There was a couple of hours of sunshine today in between all the showers so I opted for my H&M Bardot top that I've not worn for a while. I first purchased it at the beginning of Spring, and I'm quite excited that I still have weeks ahead to be able to wear it.

One of the new trends this summer is the blue cotton shirt, you can get this as it is in various different blues and in stripes too, but I'm also seeing this in dresses and the Bardot top, which I simply love love love. 

Yellow is also a key colour this season which I have to say I'm really quite liking too. So I've headed out and tried on some Bardot tops, they are very versatile with jeans, shorts and for some skirts, just try and avoid the gypsy look (that's never good!).

Dorothy Perkins
White Cutout Bardot Top

I'm loving this white top from DP firstly for the thickness and quality of the cotton, it's one of the downsides to my H&M top, mine is a tad flimsy, this felt lovely and gave me that kind of fresh crisp feeling you get with white cotton. Loved the flute sleeves too, my only criticism was too much material around the waistline for my liking.


Now I'm going to show you a few from New Look, there are so many in the shop I could not have tried them all on and they they have a huge amount online too! I've not been able to find links for some of them, sorry! That said you need to go in store to try on, their sizing is all over the place, no consistency I'm afraid!

Blue Stripe Floral Print Tie Sleeve Bardot Top

This is a lovely cotton blue stripe that mixes in the floral trend, which I'm starting to like now that I've seen it on various items. This was a size 14, a fairly good fit and not a bad price at £19.99.


Dorothy Perkins
Black Tulip Lace Trim Bardot Top

I loved the fit of this one, it was great around the shoulder line, and the cotton was lovely and soft. This would be great for an evening look with black shorts, skirt or trousers. The price is fantastic if you don't want to spend too much on this trend, and if they had this in other colour options I would have purchased one, I just don't need another black top at the moment (can't believe I just said that, I think I need a lie down!). This one is a size 14, if I were to buy, I would have tried the 12 to see if the fit was a tad tighter. Overall this top was 10/10 for me.


This one too is from New Look, I liked the colour, I struggled a bit getting my hand through the hole at the end of the sleeve even though I untied them (slightly worrying because I don't have big hands at all!) and it's a size 12! Whilst the price was lovely at £15.99, I would have happily had paid an extra £4 to have some more length, I'm leaning forward here so that you can't see, but if I stood straight you'd see skin!! Not flattering at all, this was my least favourite of them all.



Lace Trim Bardot

This looked gorgeous on the hanger, lovely cotton and a great colour, I just found it all very disappointing. I definitely needed a 12 but they didn't have that size, but the big no no for me was it would not stay on my shoulders, it kept popping up. I can't be fiddly around with that, if you are going for a Bardot top, it needs to fit you on the shoulder and not move - well if you are going to get aerobic with your arms whilst you are talking - and as an Italian I understand that, you may have some movement, but on the whole you don't want to be adjusting yourself, not a sign for a great outfit.


Again from New Look - I loved the colour, I loved how it sat on my shoulders, I even loved the material - great for a night out, just a tad too long I thought, but at £12.99 you can't go wrong for a summer holiday break. This is a size 14, again if I were to purchase I think I would try a 12 to compare the fit.


New Look
Blue Crochet Lace Trim Bardot Neck Top

This was my favourite and so I have saved it to last from New Look - I loved the style of it and the fit. The quality of the cotton was good and it fitted lovely on the shoulders too. I'm wearing a size 12. A fabulous 10/10.


And whilst it's not a Bardot top, I just wanted to show you this fabulous top I purchased this week from H&M, sorry ladies it was not online, I got it in this soft white and there was blush too in store, and it's a great price at £17.99. You might want to drop a size, this is a 10 for a slightly tighter fit, I think if it's too balloony it could make you look bigger than you are.

I've also got my favourite plum shoes on from New Look and I've teamed it up with this fabulous green suede clutch from Kettlewell Colours, which is available in eight different colours, it was perfect for my dinner with girlfriends this week.


Top: H&M
Jeans: Next
Suede tassel clutch: Kettlewell Colours
Shoes: New Look

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